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The theme for the community water events planned by the Communities for Clean Water is “Weaving Our Río Grande Communities Together.”
Three public education programs will be in Santa Fe and Española on Thursday and in Española on Friday. The programs are free and open to the public.
On Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., a Community Water Forum will be conducted at the Santa Fe Community Convention Center, located at 201 Marcy Street. Its main topic will be the Buckman Projects and Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL).
International and local experts will make presentations to address public concerns about the Buckman wells and the Direct Diversion Project, which currently provides about 60 percent of the drinking water for those in Santa Fe County.
Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m., a second program called “Runoff, Risk and Community Empowerment – Your Role in Cleanup at LANL” will begin at the Salazar Center for the Arts at Northern New Mexico College in Española.
Santa Clara Pueblo Forestry Department representatives will speak about how the Las Conchas fire in the Pueblo watershed has created a situation where the recent storms have resulted in levels of water flowing through the Pueblo to the Río Grande.
Later, Dr. Michael Barcelona, an expert on hydrogeology, will give a presentation about the LANL impacts to groundwater.
Friday July 27 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Salazar Center for the Arts at Northern New Mexico College in Española, there will be presentations about the stormwater and hazardous waste permits for LANL. Youth from Honor Our Pueblo Existence and the Tewa Women United Environmental Justice Group will present in their own way about their concerns for the future.
Dr. Camilla Bustamante, Dean of the College of Community, Workforce and Career Technical Education at Northern New Mexico College, will give a keynote address about risk.
Marian Naranjo, Executive Director of Honor Our Pueblo Existence, said, “We are hoping that folks take time to attend this two-day event. Weaving our communities together at this time in our history is vital to our future, especially when it comes to our precious water and our health. We hope that this can be a beginning to weave in more communities and more of the issues of concern.”